Satchel Paige
Vocabulary Words
Fifth Grade
Unit 1
Big Question
How do we face personal
challenges?
Satchel Paige
Satchel Paige was one of the greatest baseball
pitchers that ever lived. Because baseball was
segregated, he played in the Negro Leagues.
Paige liked traveling the country almost as
much as he liked baseball. He could strikeout
the best hitters with his crazy pitches and long legged
wind-up. Even when he settled down
and started a family, he could not keep away
from his first love—baseball.
Sequence
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Sequence is the order that events happen
in a selection. When you read, think about
what comes first, next, and last.
Several events can occur at the same time.
Words such as meanwhile and during give
clues that two events are happening at the
same time.
You can remember sequence by making
a time line.
Strategy: Ask Questions
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Good readers ask themselves good questions
about important information, such as the
sequence of events. Asking questions before
you read helps you connect what you will read
to what you already know. Asking questions as
you read helps you understand what you are
reading. Asking questions after you read helps
you remember important information.
Vocabulary: Context Clues
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When you read, you may come to a word you do
not know. You may find a clue about the word’s
meaning in the words near the unknown word.
For example, you may find an antonym, or a
word with the opposite meaning of the
unknown word. You can use the antonym to
figure out the unknown word’s meaning.
Words to Know
confidence
fastball
mocking
outfield
unique
weakness
windup
confidence
fastball,
mocking
outfield
unique
weakness
windup
weakness
a weak point;
slight fault
confidence
fastball,
mocking
outfield
unique
weakness
windup
outfield
the three players
in the outfield
confidence
fastball,
mocking
outfield
unique
weakness
windup
fastball
a pitch thrown at
high speed with
very little curve
confidence
fastball,
mocking
outfield
unique
weakness
windup
unique
having no like or
equal
confidence
fastball,
mocking
outfield
unique
weakness
windup
mocking
laughing at;
making fun of
confidence
fastball,
mocking
outfield
unique
weakness
windup
windup
a swinging movement
of the arms while
twisting the body
just before pitching
the ball
confidence
fastball,
mocking
outfield
unique
weakness
windup
confidence
firm belief in
yourself
Satchel Paige
A biography is a selection about a real
person's life that is written by another
person.
Explore
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What makes a great basketball player?
What makes a great basketball team?
What kinds of challenges do baseball players
and other athletes face?
Guide Questions
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Should you expect this biography to have more
facts or opinions? Why?
On page 118, the author says Got so Satch began to
think of his pitches as his children. What do you
think this means? What does this insight offer
about Satchel Paige?
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What was odd about Satchel Paige’s pitch?
Why does Satchel tell the outfield he doesn’t
need them?
Fan and teammates yell, “Give it to ‘em, Satch.
Show your stuff.” Explain what this idiom
means.
What effect did the cheering crowds have on
Satchel?
Guide Questions
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What effects did segregation have on the Negro
League?
Compare a player's life in the Negro Leagues to
a player's life in the Major Leagues.
What details support the main idea that the life
in the Negro Leagues suited Satchel?
Guided Questions
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How did the author use exaggeration and text
features to describe Josh Gibson’s abilities? Did
she succeed in showing how well Gibson could
play?
During Satchel’s career, professional baseball
was segregated. Compare segregation in baseball
to another kind of segregation. Explain how the
two are alike and different.
Guided Reading Questions
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Explain how Satchel raised the stakes
toward the end of the big game.
What conclusions can you draw about
Satchel’s character based on how the author
describes his behavior during the second
game of the Negro World Series?
Guide Questions
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Before every pitch, Satchel announced what
kind of pitch he intended to throw. Infer what
effect this had on Josh Gibson.
What is the author’s viewpoint about Satchel
Paige?
Was Satchel overconfident? Do you think he
would have been truly angry if Josh had hit one
of his pitches out the park?
Little Rock Nine
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